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  • We'll discuss a number of things including:

    1. How to lead in a time of great uncertainty
    2. Raising funds and managing staff/payroll during a downturn
    3. What he's seeing in biotech and biopharma sectors
    4. Answers to your questions

    Francois Nader, MD, is a leading value builder in the biopharma industry. Dr. Nader currently serves as chairman of Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), Prevail Therapeutics (PRVL) and Talaris Therapeutics; and board director of Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) and Moderna (MRNA). Previously, Dr. Nader was President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of NPS Pharma from 2008 to 2015. During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Nader transformed NPS Pharma into a leading global biotechnology company focused on delivering innovative therapies to patients with rare diseases. The company was acquired by Shire for $5.2B in 2015. Dr. Nader won the Ernst and Young National Life Science Entrepreneur of the Year® award in 2013.

    Before NPS, Dr. Nader was a venture partner at Care Capital. Prior, he served on the North America Leadership Team of Aventis and its predecessor companies holding a number of executive positions including senior vice-president, integrated healthcare markets and North America medical and regulatory affairs. Previously, he led the global commercial operations at the Pasteur Vaccins’ division of Rhone-Poulenc.

    Dr. Nader is past chairman of BioNJ, New Jersey’s biotechnology trade organization and has served on the board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and as independent director of Clementia Pharmaceuticals (CMTA) acquired by IPSEN for $1.2B in 2019, Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAAP) acquired by Novartis for $3.9B in 2018, Baxalta (BXLT) acquired by Shire for $32B in 2016, Trevena (TRVN) and Noven (NOVN) acquired by Hisamitsu for $459M in 2009.

    Dr. Nader earned his French Doctorate in Medicine from St. Joseph University (Lebanon) and his Physician Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee.

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  • Join WE NYC for our first ever virtual event held in partnership with Dig Down Media and This event will focus on economic relief programs for small business related to the impact of COVID-19. Experts from the New York City Department of Small Business Services and WE Connect Mentor Ramona Cedeno, Founder, CEO, and CPA of FiBrick Financial Services, will share information on emergency financial assistance. Please check this page for updates on how to access the virtual platform and learn more about COVID-19 assistance and guidance for businesses at:

  • Ask the VCs: Startups and Fundraising in the Time of COVID-19

    • Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    • Virtual Event - RSVP for Meeting URL

    NYTA Ask the VCs Virtual Event


    An opportunity for founders and entrepreneurs to ask VCs their important questions during this time

    About this Event

    As COVID-19 ripples through our communities, its effects are being felt in the world of startups and VC fundraising as much as anywhere. VCs and founders alike are rapidly reassessing the new environment and reacting with a variety of strategies. For startups, this includes implementing measures to preserve cash on hand, as well as recalibrating their fundraising plans.

    Please join us for an online panel discussion and Q&A on prospects, strategies and advice for startups in this challenging and quickly-changing economic landscape.

    Panel Leader:

     Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC


    About Our Panel:

    Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

    As Managing Partner of the 8-lawyer firm, Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage and venture financing, joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Paul is a board member of NY Tech Alliance and organizes its events on legal issues for startup through midsize tech companies. He holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from Georgetown.

    John Elton, Partner, Greycroft Partners

    John is a Partner at Greycroft Partners and is based in the firm’s NYC office. Prior to Greycroft, John was a Partner at iNovia Capital for six years. While there, he worked with Greycroft on eight co-investments including: Babble (acquired by Disney), Collective, OggiFinogi (acquired by Collective), Vizu (acquired by Nielsen) and WorkFusion. John also led the firm’s investments in TripleLift, Chango, BeyondtheRack, and Lenddo. John was part of the early NYC startup community starting at 24/7 Media where he worked in Strategic Planning and later ran marketing for two of its products. Afterwards, at Turnstone Capital, John advised dMarc Broadcasting on its first round of institutional financing as well as an acquisition prior to its sale to Google. John started his career at Veronis Suhler Stevenson an investment firm focused on the media and communications industries. John holds a MBA from New York University with a dual specialization in Finance and Marketing and a BA Degree in Economics from Lehigh University. John is married with three kids and lives in the wilds of Westchester.

    Beth Ferreira, Partner, FirstMark Capital

    Beth Ferreira is a Managing Director at FirstMark Capital.  Prior she founded and was the Managing Partner at WME Ventures, the venture capital arm of WME IMG. An accomplished operations leader, company advisor and venture investor, Beth focuses on next generation commerce, consumer tech and enterprise companies.

    Prior to this role, Beth was Chief Operating Officer at Fab where she led the strategic development and expansion of the company’s global operations and customer service infrastructure. As an early senior executive at Etsy, Beth served as Vice President, Finance & Operations and played a pivotal role in transforming the company into a lifestyle brand and profitable global e-commerce platform, seeing revenue growth skyrocket during her tenure. Before joining Etsy, Beth has also held positions at Flatiron Partners, The Boston Consulting Group and Union Bank of Switzerland.

    Beth holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

    Rebecca Kaden, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

    Rebecca Kaden is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. She began her career as a journalist and prior to USV was a General Partner at Maveron, a consumer-focused early stage fund. Rebecca was born in New York City. She studied English and American Literature at Harvard and received her MBA from Stanford.

  • PuzzleHR will be continuing our Informational Webinars to help businesses understand and manage through this Pandemic.

    With all the legislation that passed we wanted to make sure everyone was informed so they could make the best decisions for the continued success of their business. Please Join us this Thursday, April 2nd @ 3:00 - for our Webinar on Navigating HR and Financial Aspects of COVID -19 Legislation

    As we continue to monitor these changes and help our clients through these unprecedented times we will continue to take the knowledge we have gained in this short period and pass this along to you and your peers.

    Please feel free to pass this invitation along and hopefully our experiences and best practices will help someone else.

    Click on Link below to register for the Webinar and be safe.

    Navigating HR and Financial Aspects of COVID -19 Legislation

    Also, email me at when you register so I can track attendance for the NY Tech Alliance.

  • david_self.jpeg 
    This is a very surreal time for all of us in NYC. This meetup we'll showcasing a few Coda docs about working from home, staying connected with your team, and tracking the data relating to COVID-19. David from Keet Health will be telling a story about how his team is creating a pared down version of their product to give away for free (their customers are healthcare providers). He's been managing the process in a Coda doc with a cross-functional team.
    Since this meetup will be virtual on Crowdcast, only a few people can show up on video and present their docs at once. If you would like to present, email me. Come with questions, suggestions, and comments on how we can uplift each other.
  • We'll discuss a number of things including:

    1. Raising funds and managing staff/payroll during a downturn
    2. Advice for entrepreneurs in these unprecedented and challenging times
    3. Answers to your questions

    Mario Casabona is an entrepreneur and active angel investor. In 2007, he founded Casabona Ventures, investing in over 30 seed and early stage companies and Venture Funds. In 2011, he founded TechLaunch New Jersey’s first Technology Business Accelerator, committed to identifying and nurturing early stage tech ventures by mentoring, coaching, and providing access to resources and capital. To date, TechLaunch has supported over 75 tech companies and mentored over 150 budding entrepreneurs.

    Mario is Chairman Emeritus of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network and Chairman Emeritus of the R&D Council of New Jersey. In 1982, he founded and was Chairman of Electro-Radiation Inc. (ERI), which was acquired by Honeywell Aerospace Group in 2004. ERI was a developer of Radar, Navigation and Communications equipment for the National and International Defense industry. Most recently, Mario was featured in ROI-NJ Influencers Power List 2020: Technology. He was awarded the Small Business Administration (SBA) National Tibbett’s Award for his contributions in technology, and was listed as one of the top five most influential persons in New Jersey technology by The Star-Ledger.

    In 2014 he was named NJ’s Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year. He was twice recognized by the New Jersey Technology Council, first in 2013 as the recipient of their Legend of Technology Award and in 2010,he received their Financier of the Year Award. He currently serves on the Boards of various for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is often quoted in mainstream media and trade outlets, and enjoys being a frequent guest speaker and panelist at University and Professional events.

    Mario is an Electrical Engineer and is named in 6 national patents in the field of satellite-based navigation and communications. He lives in Morris County, enjoys mentoring, launching new ventures, vacationing and spending casual time with family and friends in his Catskills log home.

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  • Women of Color In Tech - Postponed

    Meet author Susanne Tedrick, who will conduct a panel discussion with other successful & amazing women of color in tech. We'll discuss the challenges & joys of working in the tech sector, touching upon many of the themes presented in the book.

  • DigiMarCon East 2020 - Digital Marketing Conference & Exhibition

    DigiMarCon East 2020 is your chance to ...

    - Hear from some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry.
    - Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level.
    - Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your network in a beautiful atmosphere.

    It’s the one digital marketing event you can’t afford to miss! Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DigiMarCon East 2020’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

  • TECHSPO New York 2020

    TECHSPO New York 2020 is your chance to …

    • Check out exhibitors showcasing the next generation of advances in technology & innovation.
    • Be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.
    • Interact with technology enthusiasts, build your network and collaborate with your peers.

    TECHSPO New York is a 2-day technology expo taking place May 7 – 8, 2020 at the luxurious New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, NY in the heart of Silicon Alley. TECHSPO New York brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.

    Showcasing the next generation of technology & innovation; Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech & SaaS Technology, Exhibitors have the opportunity to show off their companies to consumers, the highest caliber investors, hordes of press, the most sought after talent, and the greatest pool of tech enthusiasts looking to celebrate emerging products. Be prepared to be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.
  • Psychology for Digital Behavior Change - New York (3-day Class)

    This course will teach you the skills and knowledge required to build psychology-inspired websites, apps and digital campaigns.

    We cover 50+ behavioral change principles, psychological design patterns and a step-by-step behavioral design process that you can bring back to the office and apply immediately.

    The class includes examples from many fields and industries, but you’re invited to bring a challenge of your choosing so you can focus on applications specific to your work.

    Our training will inspire you with new ideas, deepen your understanding of digital psychology and help you develop new skills in human-centered design.